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Imagine getting through life without ever having to dig for change or write a check. It doesn’t have to be a dream! Use your free Sound Community Bank MasterCard® debit card for all of your purchases — at home or abroad.

  • Use money from your checking account without having to write a check
  • Welcome at places that won't accept checks
  • Faster and easier than writing checks
  • Access to cash throughout the U.S. and around the world
  • Includes free ATM access via the Allpoint network
  • Make withdrawals, transfers, inquiries, and deposits (where allowed) at ATM terminals
  • Joint account holders may each receive a card
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of money
  • Authorization process limits your risk for lost or stolen cards
  • Better way to track your purchases

Q: What is an EMV chip card, and how can this technology help my business?

A: The EMV chip card is a card embedded with a computer chip. They are simple to use and accept, and give cardholders increased convenience and security.

Q: Are chip cards new?

A: Although chip cards are relatively new in the United States, they have been used elsewhere for many years. In some countries, particularly in Europe, merchants may be more familiar with accepting chip cards.

Q: How is a chip card different from a magnetic stripe card?

A: A chip card looks just like a traditional card but it has an embedded chip. Rather than swiping your card, you insert your chip card into the terminal to complete the transaction.

Q: What are chip cards?

A: A chip card is like the card you have today, but includes an embedded microchip. The chip contains information that is encrypted making it extremely difficult for the card to be copied or counterfeited. Your chip card will also have a magnetic stripe on the back, so that you can continue using your card while merchants are transitioning to new chip-enabled terminals.

Q: What are the benefits of chip?

A: The embedded microchip provides robust security features and other capabilities that are not possible with traditional magnetic stripe cards. A chip card is virtually impossible to counterfeit.

Q: Where can I use my chip card?

A: Use your chip card at the same merchants you do now — either by inserting the card into terminals that are chip-enabled or swiping your card. You can also continue to use your card as you did before for online payments, telephone payments and at ATMs.

Q: Who do I contact if I want more information?

A: For more information about your chip card, please contact us.

Q: Why is my card being upgraded to a chip card?

A: Chip cards are being introduced in the United States after much success in other parts of the world. Your new chip card provides added security. 

Q: What's my PIN?

A: The PIN on your chip card is the same PIN as on your previous card. If you forgot your PIN or want to change it, please contact us.

Q: How does chip work?

A: Whether your card is inserted in the terminal or tapped, the chip communicates with the terminal to determine whether the card is authentic. Typically, the terminal will prompt you to enter a PIN to validate your identity. Once approved, your transaction will be complete.

Q: An online merchant is requesting something called a "SecureCode". What is this and how do I get one?

A: Many online merchants, especially in Europe, require what is called a "SecureCode" to make online purchases. Getting a SecureCode is easy. Simply click here and follow the prompts to register your card.

Swipe to pay ... it's safe and convenient!

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